Please note: This event has now been rescheduled for Nov. 1.
The City of Asheville is committed to helping outdoor special event and festival organizers make their public events safe and successful. Special events contribute to a thriving local economy, support a diverse community, and help build a connected and engaged community. The City hosts hundreds of outdoor events each year; including festivals, concerts, parades, runs and art markets.
And we’re working to ensure events are as safe as possible for everyone involved. So the Outdoor Special Events Office is hosting a meeting to review the City’s new emergency planning requirements and protocols for future public event permits.
Producers and organizers involved in outdoor special events and festivals are invited to an emergency planning requirements meeting with Asheville Police, Asheville Fire and the City’s Outdoor Special Events Office at 11 a.m. Nov. 1, Asheville Public Works Building, 161. S. Charlotte St., Room 109A. The new requirements and protocols will address identification of hazards and threats, evacuation planning, road closures, as well as means of public announcements and internal communication.
Outdoor special events play a significant role in supporting local business, arts nonprofits, our creative community and the music industry. Asheville’s outdoor special events and festivals generate $2.7 million in additional annual revenues for local event vendors. For more than half a million area visitors, the main purpose of their visit is to attend a fair, exhibition or festival.
Asheville’s special events and festivals have an excellent track record in keeping people safe. Continued enhancements to public safety requirements and improvements in the coordination with public safety officials help ensure the protection of our economy, our people and our assets.